Acupuncture
Nerang, Gold Coast

What is Acupunture?

Acupuncture is one of the most popular methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is a natural system of healthcare that has been used for millennia by millions of people around the world. Other TCM practices include Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong, cupping, moxibustion, shiatsu massage, and dietary therapy.

The philosophy behind TCM is that the body is like a microsystem within the macrosystem of its environment. The health of each person will be influenced by dietary, lifestyle, climate, pollution, stress and emotional factors, particularly if any of these are extreme or sustained over a long period of time.

At FitLife Health, we use a special system to view the body and understand how different influences can cause it to become out of balance. This can result in symptoms like illness or pain.

What does Acupuncture do?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy (Qi) flows through the human body along specific routes. If this flow is disrupted, your body becomes imbalanced and unhealthy. Acupuncture uses thin, sterile needles inserted at points along these meridians with the intention of regulating Qi flow and aiding your body in returning to a balanced state.

This means that acupuncture can help your body to return to a state of balance and health. When the body is out of balance, it is more susceptible to disease. Acupuncture helps guide the body back to better functioning, in combination with a healthy lifestyle and diet.

If someone is highly stressed, an acupuncturist will use Chinese medicine to look at the whole picture of how stress is manifesting in the body through symptoms like headaches, insomnia, or irregular periods. For example, sometimes stress causes Qi (the life force energy) to become blocked in the body, while other times it causes a deficiency of Qi.

Acupuncture can help to improve the flow of energy and improve your body’s natural healing ability. This can then alleviate a wide range of symptoms, such as pain, gut issues, migraines, skin problems, fatigue, infertility or painful periods.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners attempt to unveil what we call “patterns of disharmony” by looking at your unique combination of symptoms. Some potential patterns include: Qi deficiency, Qi stagnation, Blood deficiency, Blood stagnation, Yang deficiency, Yin deficiency, Dampness, Damp-heat, Damp-cold, Heat (excessively high or low temperatures), Wind-cold, or Wind-heat.

This way of thinking about health may appear odd, and in some ways it is. It’s quite a different perspective than what most of us are accustomed to. Whereas Western medicine would look at your body parts as separate entities, Chinese medicine envisions your body more like a tree. So when there is an issue with the leaves (i.e., your symptoms), we don’t just examine the leaves; we also take note of the branches, trunk, and — most importantly — the roots to determine where the problem stems from.

By treating the root of the problem, Chinese medicine can help with a variety of issues that may branch off from the initial issue. We label these root problems as “patterns/disharmony.” For example, if someone comes in for headaches but also starts sleeping better and their digestion improves, this is because we are tending to the root cause.

Below is a list of main Chinese medicine patterns:

Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been shown to have a positive effect in helping to manage symptoms of a wide variety of disorders, and can provide supportive care to existing medical treatment.

Here at FitLife Health on the Gold Coast, we have a particular interest in women’s health, supporting issues such as hormonal irregularities, fertility, IVF support, stress-related issues, pregnant women who are suffering with pregnancy-related complaints, birth preparation treatment, women suffering from recurrent infections, gut-related issues and more.

If you’re interested to understand how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine could work for you, please call the clinic to speak with one of our practitioners.

How long does it take to treat a condition with Acupuncture? 

The amount of treatments you require depends on the severity of your condition and how long you’ve had it. After a few sessions, your acupuncturist will have a better idea of how many treatments you need. Generally, those with acute conditions improve more rapidly than chronic sufferers because their cases are less complex. In some instances, Chinese herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture for faster results.

All of our Nerang acupuncturists at FitLife Health on the Gold Coast are government regulated and must meet safety and efficacy standards put in place by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Traditional Chinese Medicine ‘Patterns of Disharmony’

Qi deficiency

There are many signs that suggest you may have Qi deficiency, which include: regularly feeling more awake in the morning than later in the afternoon; tiring easily after exercise instead of being invigorated by it; sweating for no reason; constipation or diarrhoea; constantly fighting off infections, colds, and/or coughs; having a pale swollen tongue.

Qi stagnation

If you’re frequently tired upon waking up but feel better after moving, if you need exercise to get energy, if you’re regularly irritable, have PMS or painful periods occasionally, experience irregularity with your period or constipation/diarrhoea bloating acid reflux, sore breasts before your period arrive, stiff muscles cold hands and feet certain types of headaches often, and general aches pains Qi Stagnation might be the cause.

Blood deficiency

The following symptoms may indicate that you have a blood deficiency: light-headedness, dry skin, light or absent periods, hair loss, constipation, difficulty sleeping/insomnia, floaters in your vision tendency to fainting, feeling regularly sad, pale tongue body.

Blood stagnation

Sharp, stabbing pain that comes and goes with no explanation may be a sign of blood stagnation. Other symptoms include varicose veins, spider veins, clotty periods, dry skin, and/or a purple tongue.

Yang deficiency

If you feel colder than most people, have lower back pain during menstruation or otherwise, experience constipation or diarrhoea, impotence, difficulty conceiving, swelling, trouble losing weight, incontinence or excessive urination frequency, fatigue all the time recurrent miscarriages, or painful periods; then you may have a Yang deficiency.

Yin deficiency

The following symptoms may mean that you have a Yin deficiency: hot flushes, feeling hotter than cold, trouble sleeping, thin body type, little to no fertile mucus, constipation, red tongue body, dry skin, dry eyes and mouth.

Damp

There are many possible signs that you might suffer from Damp, including mind fog, difficulty clearing phlegm, diarrhoea, sticky stool, a coating on your tongue, low appetite, no thirst and more. If any of these resonate with you then it’s worth considering whether Damp is the issue.

Damp-heat

If you experience loose, smelly bowel movements; smelly, yellow vaginal discharge in large quantities; boils; yellow pimples that are sore to the touch; coughing up thick, yellow phlegm; blowing sticky-looking yellow mucus out of your nose; hot, swollen joints; or a tongue with a swollen body and sticky-looking yellow coat, you could be suffering from Damp-heat.

Damp-cold

Possible Damp-cold symptoms include: foul-smelling or odourless bowel movements, white vaginal discharge, large amounts of clear or white phlegm when coughing, constantly blowing clear or white mucus out of your nose, sore joints that feel better in warm environments and worse in cold environments, a swollen tongue with a sticky looking white coat.

Heat (can be excess, deficient or rising heat)

The following could be indicators of this issue: high blood pressure, headaches with accompanying feelings of heat in your head, anger that feels out-of-control, feeling hot at night even when others around you are not, hot flushes or sweats, a red tongue or complexion (redder than usual), nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, or a sore throat .

Cold (can be excess or deficient)

Cold can cause your energy to become blocked, leading to pain or feelings of cold in other parts of the body. Additionally, it may also lead to fertility or menstrual problems.

Wind-cold

This relates to the time when you start feeling like you might be getting sick. Your phlegm is either clear or non-existent, your nose feels slightly blocked, and you have a headache that seems to move around. You also have body aches that keep shifting, your eyes feel tired, and all you want to do is cover up with a scarf!

Wind-heat

If you have a sore throat, discoloured nasal mucus, and headaches that move around your head, as well as body aches and fatigue, this may be the early stages of a cold or flu.

What to expect at your first Gold Coast Acupuncture appointment

At our Gold Coast Nerang acupuncture clinic, we believe in integrative medicine and always work closely with your GP or other specialist to ensure that you’re getting the best possible care. Chinese medicine is particularly effective when used in combination with traditional Western medical care, and this approach is becoming more common in countries like China, the USA, Germany, and New Zealand. Acupuncture is often accessible in hospital settings as an adjunct to other care patients are receiving.

Though acupuncture has been around for centuries, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of its potential with modern research methods.

We take several factors into account when diagnosing you, such as your medical history and family medical history. Also important are your diet, lifestyle, medications, supplements—anything that might give us a better understanding of what’s going on with you. We’ll want to get a look at your tongue (that can tell us a lot), feel your pulse (different areas relate to different parts of the body/organs/functions), and palpate any tender points along key energy pathways called meridians.

You will recline in a cosy position and extremely thin acupuncture needles will be placed into strategic pressure points. You might sense a slight dull discomfort or fuzziness. Most people believe the experience is very calming. Moxibustion (heat caused by an herb), cupping, electro-acupuncture and/or shiatsu massage may also take place during your session.

How long does it take to treat a condition with Acupuncture? 

The amount of treatments you require depends on the severity of your condition and how long you’ve had it. After a few sessions, your acupuncturist will have a better idea of how many treatments you need. Generally, those with acute conditions improve more rapidly than chronic sufferers because their cases are less complex. In some instances, Chinese herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture for faster results.

All acupuncturists at FitLife Health in Nerang, Gold Coast are government regulated and must meet safety and efficacy standards put in place by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.